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Friday, November 6, 2009

Tropos Customer Corpus Christi Named Top Digital City

In its annual survey, the Center for Digital Government ranked Corpus Christi, Texas as the number one digital city in the nation among cities with a population of over 250,000. Automated gas and water meter reading are two of the key municipal services utilizing the city-owned Tropos wireless broadband network. "We're getting about 99.9 percent accuracy on the readings and it's helped us quite a bit," stated Corpus Christi CIO, Michael Armstrong (pictured right). The automated metering system reads approximately 115,000 water and gas meters twice daily and enables generation of online billing statements.

The City also leverages the Tropos network for a range of other municipal services to improve municipal services delivered to the community. This includes:

  • Public Safety and Utility vehicles are tracked using the network to identify the closest vehicle to respond to incidents at a fraction of the cost of previous systems.
  • First responders and ER doctors have quick access to HIPAA releases for victims, enabling quicker treatment beyond simple field triage.
  • Building inspections became more efficient by reducing the lag time between helping cut overall construction time throughout the city by reducing delays between inspections and approvals.
  • Over 40 city facilities, such as police substations, fire stations, senior centers, and parks and recreation facilities have been outfitted with Tropos routers so they can serve as safe, reliable Wi-Fi hotspots for municipal workers who do not have mobile wireless network connectivity, enabling them to use conventional laptops to connect to city IT resources when out in the field.
"No city in the entire United States uses and manages technology better than we do, here in Corpus Christi, and we can be proud that we are the very best," Armstrong concluded.